Washington, D.C.: A week ahead of the Olympic-scale World Culture Festival, the Art of Living Foundation announced more than 450,000 people have registered to attend the three-day celebration, which is shaping up to be one of the largest celebrations of unity and diversity ever on the National Mall. More than 17,000 diverse cultural artists, entertainers and speakers, will take to the largest stage ever built in the nation’s capital from Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1.
This is the fourth World Culture Festival to celebrate diversity and peace and is the culmination of 42 years of global service by Art of Living founder and world-renowned humanitarian Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Among the goals of the Festival is to create a visible, public forum to celebrate our differences – as Gurudev calls it, our One World Family.
The 2023 World Culture Festival Event Map
The dynamic lineup features over 50 performances including:
● A Chinese cultural performance with 1,000 singers, dancers and dragons
● A Garba extravaganza with 7,000 dancers that will encourage audience participation
● A 50th anniversary tribute to Hip-Hop with Kurtis Blow, SHA-Rock, Sequence Girls
and DJ Kool and other legends of Hip Hop alongside 100 break dancers debuting choreography by King Charles and Kelli Forman
● 700 Indian classical dancers with a live symphony
● 100 Ukrainian dancers in a lively Hopak
● 1,000 guitarists led by Grammy Award winner Micki Free
● Performance of the official World Culture Festival theme song “Una Familia“ unifying citizens from more than 150 nations
● Live reggae with Skip Marley, the grandson of legendary Bob Marley, culminating in the classic “One Love”
Registration is free and open to all ages. Full Festival information can be found at https://wcf.artofliving.org.